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Our first fruits are appearing!

Our first fruits are appearing! 1 Plums for the 1st time. The tree is full of them!
Our first fruits are appearing! 2 One or two cherries.
Our first fruits are appearing! 3
Our first fruits are appearing! 4 Look apples too.
Our first fruits are appearing! 5 The pear tree has gone mad!
Our first fruits are appearing! 6 We had to do a bit of lopping after the wind
Our first fruits are appearing! 7 We found a fallen tree.
Our first fruits are appearing! 8 Radish and strawberries from our raised beds too.

We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it.

We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it. 1 Apple blossom
We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it. 2 Lots of blossom
We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it. 3 But the weeds are growing too!
We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it. 4
We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it. 5 We all like to join in.
We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it. 6 We don't want the weeds to strangle our trees.
We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it. 7 It's hard work carrying water to the trees.
We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it. 8

Pruning with Ceridwen January 2017

Pruning with Ceridwen January 2017 1 Ceridwen explains what we need to do.
Pruning with Ceridwen January 2017 2 It's cold work out here!
Pruning with Ceridwen January 2017 3 Learning how to 'tie in'
Pruning with Ceridwen January 2017 4 Making sure we don't leave too much twine hanging.

Autumn 2016

 

Gardening In The Orchard Club now meets on a Tuesday lunchtime.

All children are welcome to attend.

We now have a number of children who have been coming regularly for a few years. They have developed knowledge and understanding of how to care for our well stocked school orchard throughout the year. They can use these excellent horticultural skills to support adults and children back in their own class when working on their class garden beds.

When we returned to school there was a bumper crop of apples for us to pick this year.

Harvesting our apples.

Each class has been using our harvest of apples to make delicious products. Look out for some of these on sale at our Harvest Festival!
As well as apples there were lots of weeds that had grown too. The whole school were helped by our resourceful parents in repairing some of the broken posts and getting rid of the unwanted growth! Thank you to everyone who helped. Our orchard is now in better shape to face the cold winter ahead.
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We also disturbed a visitor that was hibernating for the Winter! Don't worry we put Mr Toad back safely in his cwtchy bed.
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A Year in Meadowbank Orchard

September 2015 to July 2016

Some changes in the orchard this week, good and bad. The weeds are growing very quickly and it is hard to keep up with them. We have lots of apples on the trees and cherries too. No plums or pears yet though. We found problems with the pear leaves and some of the apples, so we are hoping that Ceredwin will be able to advise us. 

Changes good and bad

Changes good and bad 1 Lots of apples
Changes good and bad 2 Curled leaves
Changes good and bad 3
Changes good and bad 4 Ladybirds to eat the aphids
Changes good and bad 5
Changes good and bad 6 Cherries
Changes good and bad 7 Problems with pear leaves
Changes good and bad 8
Changes good and bad 9 Where do we start with all these weeds?!
Changes good and bad 10 This cherry tree is getting very tall!
Changes good and bad 11 More weeds!
Changes good and bad 12 Speech and language therapy visitors came to visit

Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done!

Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done! 1
Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done! 2
Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done! 3
Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done! 4
Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done! 5
Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done! 6
Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done! 7
Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done! 8

17.2.15 - Ceridwen helps us with Winter prune 2015

Who has been in the Orchard this week?

Who has been in the Orchard this week? 1 We found evidence of a dead seagull.
Who has been in the Orchard this week? 2 Who done it? A gruffalo or a fox?

Winter is here and it's time for the winter prune!

 

 

We telephoned Ceridwen for her expert advice.

We telephoned Ceridwen for her expert advice. 1 We discussed who would do what.
We telephoned Ceridwen for her expert advice. 2 We checked the school diary.
We telephoned Ceridwen for her expert advice. 3 We dialed the number.
We telephoned Ceridwen for her expert advice. 4 We left a message on Ceridwen's answer 'phone.
We telephoned Ceridwen for her expert advice. 5 Then she texted to ask us to ring again,
We telephoned Ceridwen for her expert advice. 6 so we did.
We telephoned Ceridwen for her expert advice. 7 We arranged the visit for Friday 13th February.

19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen

19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen 1 The Orchard Family
19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen 2 We pruned back the long shoots.
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19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen 4 We loped off the thick branches.
19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen 5 We tied in the main long stems.
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19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen 12 Some trees have the full three tiers now.
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19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen 14 One tree is looking poorly but it is still alive.
19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen 15 We need to check this out on the internet.
19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen 16 Still plenty of weeding needs doing.
We have been doing a lot of weeding in the orchard. The trees have grown so much that it is time for us to call on Ceridwen again for help and advise with pruning.

Telephoning Ceridwen

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We asked Ceridwen when she can come. We arranged the date and time and put the appointment in the school diary.

Ceridwen is coming to work with us on Friday 17th October!

Welcome Back to a new Academic Year in Orchard Club!

Autumn is a very busy time for Orchard Club. We came back to find lots of our apples were ready to be picked.

Picture 1 Dosbarth Coch make apple pie.
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Picture 5 And apple crumble.

Harvest Time, September 2014

Harvest Time, September 2014 1 The Bardsey apples are green and ripe.
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Harvest Time, September 2014 3 The Red Russet are too.
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Harvest Time, September 2014 17
Harvest Time, September 2014 18 Our first bumper crop from our Orchard
Harvest Time, September 2014 19 We shared apples between the classes for tasting.

We use our books to find out information.

We use our books to find out information. 1 We check out the correct information.
We use our books to find out information. 2
We use our books to find out information. 3
We use our books to find out information. 4 We can upload it on to the Orchard Club page.

Thinning the blossom

Thinning the blossom 1 The blossom at the start.
Thinning the blossom 2 The petals open into flowers to be fertilised.
Thinning the blossom 3 The petals fall off.
Thinning the blossom 4 The bees fertilise the blossom to make apples.

May 2014

May 2014 1 Lots of blossom which will grow into apples
May 2014 2 We will have lots of cherries too.
May 2014 3 We took off the traps to check for codling moth.
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May 2014 5 What insects can we see?
May 2014 6 No moths.
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May 2014 8 Can you spot the earwigs?
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May 2014 11 A large white slug - yugh!
May 2014 12 More visitors.
May 2014 13 Who's been eating my leaves?

It was a very sad

‘Gardening In The Orchard Club’ session today because it is the last time that Che and Seth will be with us on a regular basis.

Che’s Dad built the beds in which our trees are planted three years ago. Then the whole family helped move some very smelly manure to prepare the beds for the planting of the trees. So we all want to say a huge

thank you!!

Seth and Che have been coming to the club since it started all those years ago. They have listened carefully to Ceridwen every time she has been to teach us new skills and they have become excellent gardeners. They have promised that they will come back to help and advise us when it is time for the big pruning in the Summer and Winter next year.

It is now the season to move on and our loss will be another school’s gain!

All the best boys!

Goodbye to Two Prize Pruners!

Goodbye to Two Prize Pruners! 1 You can run but you cannot hide!
Goodbye to Two Prize Pruners! 2 We want you back for advise please.

Today we fitted the traps.

Today we fitted the traps. 1 First we measured the cardboard.
Today we fitted the traps. 2 It has to fit around the trunk of the tree.
Today we fitted the traps. 3 Then we cut it to the right length.
Today we fitted the traps. 4 Next we asked our friend for sticky tape.
Today we fitted the traps. 5 Voila! Look out codling moths!
Today we fitted the traps. 6 Cherry blossom
Today we fitted the traps. 7 Buds on the plum tree
Today we fitted the traps. 8 Growth on the pear tree

Making codling moth traps 27.3.14

Making codling moth traps 27.3.14 1
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Making codling moth traps 27.3.14 4

Winter Pruning with Ceridwen.

Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 1 all hard at work
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Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 3 measuring the canes
Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 4 our espalier trees have to be equal
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Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 7 working in pairs
Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 8 composting the cuttings
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Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 11 candelabra pear
Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 12 has to look just right
Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 13 we welcome visitors
Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 14 we still need to weed
Winter Pruning with Ceridwen. 15 and dig over the soil

January in The Orchard

January in The Orchard 1 Organising Ceriwen
January in The Orchard 2 Like our new gloves?
January in The Orchard 3 Tidying the stray branches

Winter in the orchard.

Winter in the orchard. 1 All the leaves have fallen off.
Winter in the orchard. 2 Miss Rimell showed us where the new buds will be.
Winter in the orchard. 3 We found a trick rat!!!
Winter in the orchard. 4 We pretended to be scared!

Ceridwen's Autumn Prune

Ceridwen's Autumn Prune 1 What a lot of work needs doing!
Ceridwen's Autumn Prune 2 Count 3 buds before cutting.
Ceridwen's Autumn Prune 3 1, 2, 3.
Ceridwen's Autumn Prune 4 Some branches are tough to cut.
Ceridwen's Autumn Prune 5 Change the height of the canes.
Ceridwen's Autumn Prune 6 Good team work.
Ceridwen's Autumn Prune 7 Tie the string carefully.
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Ceridwen's Autumn Prune 9 Train the branches to grow as an espalier.
Ceridwen's Autumn Prune 10 Smile!!

Pudsey came to help us on Children In Need Day!

Pudsey came to help us on Children In Need Day! 1 Orchard Club with Pudsey on 15.11.13
Pudsey came to help us on Children In Need Day! 2 He's good at weeding!
Pudsey came to help us on Children In Need Day! 3 He checks for bugs.
Pudsey came to help us on Children In Need Day! 4 He tries to hide in the tree.
Pudsey came to help us on Children In Need Day! 5 He's exhausted and needs a nap in Kath's Corner.

We telephoned and arranged for Ceridwen to come and help again on 20th November.

We telephoned and arranged for Ceridwen to come and help again on 20th November. 1

More important visitors on Wednesday 15th October!

More important visitors on Wednesday 15th October! 1 We spotted a ladybird.
More important visitors on Wednesday 15th October! 2 She will eat all the bugs that hurt the trees.

Special visitors to our Orchard this first week in October.

Special visitors to our Orchard this first week in October. 1 We don't want this caterpillar eating our leaves!
Special visitors to our Orchard this first week in October. 2 Toad is helping us out. He was well camouflaged.

We all learn together!

We all learn together! 1
We all learn together! 2 hoe, hoe, hoe!
We all learn together! 3

Orchard club is open to all and children can come along to help if they choose to on the day.

     

     This Autumn Term we have a lot of tidying up to do and we will be doing our winter prune with the help of Ceridwen.

     

     

 

We have already made a start!

 

 

These weeds are a nuisance.

 

Ah ha got you!

 

Here's another one.

 

Not for long!

 

Our involvement in a two year project called Tyfu Orchards meant that children and staff had the opportunity to be involved in the research, designs and planting of our own orchard

in the school grounds.

Our case study can be seen on the 'Fruitfull schools' website @ http://www.fruitfullschools.org/schools

 

 

We have 12 apple trees, a pear tree, a plum tree and a cherry tree.

 

 

Ceridwen is in charge of the walled garden in Dyffryn Gardens and gave us advise and help in preparing the soil and planting the trees. We invited her along for the official opening

on 15th of June 2012.

 

 

We are very lucky that Ceridwen enjoys working with us and that the National Trust have agreed to her continuing to support us with her expert knowledge.

 

Every Wednesday at 1pm (weather permitting) the Orchard club meets to:

 

Keep up to date information on the trees

 

 

 

 

Weed

 

 

 

 

Check that the trees are healthy

 

 

 

 

Measure the growth

 

 

 

 

Read books from our Orchard chest

 

 

 

 

Come and join us

Ms. James and Miss Rimell